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2021  J-Life Africa   Newsletter #1

Dear Friends … we are so happy to start another year of ministry with you all by our side! A HUGE Thank you for your interest, continued prayer and support in many ways for the ministry of J-Life across the continent. 

In this newsletter, we will highlighting the work the Lord is doing through J-Life in Southern Africa. Though there have been many challenges due to various lockdowns and government restrictions, we have seen the Lord bringing His Kingdom so faithfully despite our circumstances. We continue to see the J-Life 2030 Vision trickle down through our Regional Directors, Country Leaders, MB's (Movement Builders) and MBx's (Movement Builder Mulitpliers). The Lord has opened new doors into gateway cities and continues to raise up leaders across the continent, as well as grow the leaders He has already entrusted to us. We thank you for your role in supporting His work here!

 
We continue to pray alongside you that His favor will rest upon you and His blessings will be abundant in this new year!

With many thanks,
The J-Life Team all over Africa

 
Our leaders in Southern Africa ...

Joe Nkhoma, J-Life Regional Director, Southern Africa

Equipping the Local Church for discplemaking multiplication and transformation among Leaders, women and emerging Leaders still remains a huge task in Africa.  As J-Life in Southern Africa, we have stepped out in these uncertain times of the pandemic to contribute positively - equipping Leaders in how to still continue to multiply disciplemakers during Covid.

Since the beginning of this year we have managed to start three GC2 and two disciple making groups across the region. Four Leaders that attended the training have started their own groups and evidence of transformation has been seen. One Lady started her own group immediately after the training with her neighbors. The neighborhood that never used to relate well with each other are now building authentic relationships through prayer and doing charity work in the community. 


We have taken an intentional step in mobilizing a movement of disciplemaking among young people in Zambia. We are using sport as a tool to reach out and develop relationships among young people. So far we have started journeying with twenty young people and all this has happened through sports.

Finally, we pioneering in Angola, Namibia and Botswana. In Namibia and Angola there are already country initiators and in Botswana prayers are been conducted. 

Prayer Requests:
  • Please pray for the six weeks intern programme starting in June
  • Please pray for our family health and provision for schools
  • Please pray for sports ministry among young people which has started with great momentum
  • Please pray for completion of the house at the ministry centre
  • Please pray for the pioneering work in Angola, Botswana and Namibia
The Nkhoma family serving with
J-Life Zambia

Brian Mulega, J-Life Country Leader, Zambia

Despite the Covid-19 situation, J-Life Zambia has continued to mobilize disciplemaking movements within the Church in Zambia. We thank Jesus for new ministry opportunities that He is opening in different regions especially in our new gateway cities as we pursue the J-Life Vision 2030. We have kept rolling out the vision and ensuring that the MBX's understand the vision and pursue it intensely.

We are currently working through the Disciplemaking Small Group training. We also thank God for the women involvement which is growing steadily. Dorcas, my wife, has been doing a great work in this area. Coaching and mentoring has also continued despite the Covid-19 challenge. We are still praying for many more women to come on board.

Prayer Requests:

• Praying for continued protection for all J-Life Zambia staff and their families
• Praying for the success of our forthcoming National Summit in April
• Praying for more churches to open their doors to J-Life 
• Praying for the internship program which we are intending to resume this year
 
The Mulega family serving with
J-Life Zambia

Fransisco Carlos (Chico), J-Life Country Leader, Mozambique

Since Covid-19, we've been working in our community, reaching out mostly to kids, teens and young people through Portuguese and English classes. We were able to connect to fewer families, but were able to go deep with the few. Last year was more of building friendships and connecting to our neighbours. We started off by teaching the younger ones stories from the Bible (creation), which went pretty well with the help of three girls from different churches we were able to team up with and by God's grace it worked out so well. 

With the Anglican Youth - we were and still are meeting one-on-one due to the restrictions, and as a group they meet using Whatsapp. 

Prayer Requests:
  • Please pray that this year will be different as my plan is to plant more seeds (Word) and that that hearts will soften
  • That I get more people involved (leaders), as my wife is going back to varsity
  • For God's provision for my family
  • Our J-Life Summit which we are planning to have in Northern Mozambique 
  • Launching J-Life in one more Province (Quelimane)
The Carlos family serving with 
J-Life Mozambique
Munya Takawira, J-Life Country Leader, Zimbabwe

J-Life Zimbabwe's 2030 Vision is to grow 33 leaders who are planted like trees in 6 gateway cities around the country. At present, we are currently in 4 cities and hope that by God's grace we will be in 6 by the end of 2021. However, the year started off with Zimbabwe getting in to a serious lockdown as the 2nd wave hit throughout the country. Closer to our hearts, we lost a brother from Bulawayo who had hosted us during our summit. The country has been under lockdown, which meant our interactions were limited to online conversations using the Whatsapp platform mainly.

Now that the restrictions have been eased we are preparing to do some in person workshops as we seek to grow our leaders. One pastor in Masvingo has a group of student pastors that he is scheduled to take through training. I am going to continue with a group of leaders online as we look to explore material on Disciplemaking small groups. 

Prayer Requests:
  • All MBs (Movement Builders) as we look to training and discipling leaders more in better conditions
  • Potential pioneering work in Gweru. We need to raise resources to travel and stay there for a few days
  • Training of student pastors in Masvingo
  • One-on-one ministry with young leaders in Bulawayo
The Takawira family serving with
J-Life Zimbabwe

Jeremy Koeries, J-Life Country Leader, South Africa

We praise God for a successful but challenging 6 weeks youth worker intensive, the wisdom, character and unity of our internship leaders and team, growing partnerships with various ministries (Hopetown, Siyakhula, Message Trust) doing holistic disciplemaking for community transformation, the new GC2 groups that were launched so far this year, one of our MBx's (Movement Builder Multipliers) leading a course for women, training and encouraging them to mobilise relationships for discipling other women in light of the challenges of Covid-19, MBXs who are writing and studying to advance the Kingdom agenda.

Prayer Requests:
  • Ongoing training, coaching and mentoring Youth Workers, and funding for bursaries
  • Property with ideal space for our Youthworker internships
  • Renewed commitment from our MBXs and MBs to wisely and creatively Cast Wide, Narrow Down and Go Deep with VISION 2030, despite the challenges of COVID19
  • Open doors and safety for me to travel across the SA, supporting MBXs in new Cast Wide initiatives and pioneering into new regions planning for new online Cast Wide initiatives
  • Our Monthly Movement Meetings, our national online gathering of disciplemakers 
  • J-Life SA Summit later this year
The Koeries family serving with
J-Life South Africa

Bhuti & Jann Kheswa, Internship Directors, South Africa

One of the ways J-Life South Africa implements “Go Deep” with a few is through our GC2 Internship. The internship seeks to help young leaders grow in their walk with God and to equip them to be disciplemakers.  

On the 10th of January we started our 6 week Intensive training with 7 ministry interns. It is always exciting to welcome a new group, get to know them and journey with them over the 6 weeks. We spend time praying together, studying the Word, having meals, doing household chores and ministry training classes. This allows us to get into each others' lives, hold one another accountable and challenge each other to be more like Jesus. A beautiful thing about community life is that we are all at different commitment levels so we can inspire and learn from one another. Yet another reality is that disciplemaking, like raising kids, is a messy process. We had our hands full, and we saw God at work.

In the end, 6 weeks feels short because there was more to be done, issues to addressed, habits to challenge. We have to be reminded that we are only playing a tiny role in what God is doing in the lives of the interns. God was at work in their lives before they came to us, so we have to believe that "... he who began a good work in the lives of these interns will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6

The Kheswa family serving with
J-Life South Africa

Samuel Dewa, J-Life Country Leader, Malawi

This ministry is changing lives, churches and ministries in Malawi!

Firstly it has changed me - the way I approach ministry and disciplemaking. I want to see lives transformed, churches transformed and communities transformed. 

Prayer Requests:
  • Be praying for all the deliberate initiatives we are making to achieve our goals 
  • For the 24 MBX's (Movement Builder Multipliers)
  • Pray for our two targeted Gateway Cities
The Dewa family serving with
J-Life Malawi
GROWING A DISCIPLEMAKING MOVEMENT ...
A look at more ministry happening across Africa
J-Life Ethiopia  18 leaders who have come from various towns and villages of the central regions of the country and have completed the four modules of our GC2 (Great Commission Great Commandment) training and have received certificates of completion in the town called Welenchity. Praise God. Thank you for your prayers
- Samson, Ethiopia Country Leader
J-Life Congo Brazzaville (top left)
Praise be to God for the pastors of the Christian Alliance Church who are completing Strategy and beginning a Disciplemaking movement. Continue to pray for implementation in their churches. 
- Symphorien Obambi, Country Leader 
 
J-Life Côte d'Ivoire (top right)
We bless God for the opportunity we had to spend 3 days with leaders doing multiplication module. What a blessing. We pray for fruits
- Arsene Sony, Country Leader 
J-Life Togo  
We are in Atakpamé another gateway city doing a Cast Wide event with the Disciplemaking Small Group training. One of our MBx's, Janet, led the training.
- Mgliwe Simdinatome, Country Leader
J-Life Nigeria  
Today's session at our J-Life Summit was great, it was a mind-changing and life - transforming. Thanks for your prayers. Please, keep praying for decisions that have been made for implementations. 
- Emem Jacob, Country Leader
Check out how to download and register with our Disciplemaking Resources App! We have multiple options for daily devotionals in the life of Christ!
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" Whoever claims to live in Him
must walk as Jesus did"

1 John 2: 6
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